Conemaugh Participates in Statewide Initiative in the Fight Against Diabetes

November 15, 2017

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a medical condition in which the body does not make insulin or has a reduced response to insulin. Diabetes causes the body’s blood sugar level to be too high which can lead to various health complications.

Conemaugh Diabetes Institute provides extensive education and support services to patients diagnosed with diabetes and individuals at risk for developing diabetes. Staff members of the Conemaugh Diabetes Institute work with family members and primary care physicians to coordinate an effective plan of care for each patient.

This year, Conemaugh has announced its participation in the Make A Choice initiative designed to promote healthy living, physical activity, and weight management to prevent and manage prediabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity. At the heart of the campaign is a free online resource,, which includes a diabetes risk assessment test and testimonials from Pennsylvanians fighting diabetes.

“In Pennsylvania, more than 3.5 million adults are living with prediabetes, and more than one million have already been diagnosed with diabetes,” said Christina Miller, executive director at Health Promotion Council. “If you think you or a loved one is at risk for diabetes, we encourage you to visit to identify that risk and learn ways to prevent and manage this preventable disease.”

“Our mission is to make our communities healthier” said Barbara Duryea, manager at the Conemaugh Diabetes Institute. “The Make A Choice initiative supports our mission and offers valuable resources for individuals who are living with or at risk for diabetes.”

Conemaugh offers Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) services. DDP is certified by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC). The programs are recognized by the American Diabetes Association and are led by Certified Diabetes Educators and Lifestyle Coaches. 

“Empowering our community members to live a healthier lifestyle is the goal of our programs and Make A Choice. We are excited to participate in this statewide initiative,” Duryea added.

For further information about Conemaugh DPP and DSME programs, please call (866) 641-3828.

The Make A Choice initiative is a collaborative effort between Health Promotion Council and Pennsylvania Department of Health designed to help Pennsylvanians identify, prevent and control obesity and diabetes.  This statewide initiative connects Pennsylvanians to personal success stories, diabetes education programs and a free online resource – – to help encourage and inspire Pennsylvanians to prioritize their health and make a choice to live a healthier lifestyle starting today.